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All Music Guide - John Serba
For their fourth album, Grip Inc. has solidified into a terrifically cold and destructive metal machine. While a lot of underground acts in the early 2000s strived to emulate the increasingly popular medieval torture devices so to speak of Scandinavia's finest, Incorporated is thoroughly modern, an impressively clinical and precise record, fully industrialized and loaded with razor-sharp riffs, ballsy vocals, and thunder drums. European producer and guitarist extraordinaire Waldemar Sorchyta is Grip Inc.'s main creative force, but on-again, off-again Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo gives the band a chilly technical edge that is uniquely the product of the mind-bogglingly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Serba
For their fourth album, Grip Inc. has solidified into a terrifically cold and destructive metal machine. While a lot of underground acts in the early 2000s strived to emulate the increasingly popular medieval torture devices so to speak of Scandinavia's finest, Incorporated is thoroughly modern, an impressively clinical and precise record, fully industrialized and loaded with razor-sharp riffs, ballsy vocals, and thunder drums. European producer and guitarist extraordinaire Waldemar Sorchyta is Grip Inc.'s main creative force, but on-again, off-again Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo gives the band a chilly technical edge that is uniquely the product of the mind-bogglingly influential skinsman. Add in vocalist Gus Chambers' powerful, full-bodied vocals -- refreshingly, there are no affected death growls here, just a deep well of a throat that refuses to shy away from a thick melody -- and Incorporated successfully bucks many of metal's genre-specific trends i.e., mindless death metal brutality, mosh-happy retro-thrash, grating black metal scrapes, boneheaded hardcore grunt'n'shoves. The album is simultaneously mechanistic and tribal, at times flavored with Middle Eastern melodies and electronic flourishes, Sorchyta's steamroller mix blotting out the sun and meshing perfectly with compellingly twisty arrangements. The guitarist's artery-bursting riffs churn, bubble, and boil during precision speedsters "Curse Of the Cloth" and "Endowment of Apathy," while midtempo march "Built To Resist" spotlights Lombardo's in-the-pocket prowess he inarguably has the best feet in metal while piling on, fugue-like, a vaguely sinister string arrangement and dense melodic layers, eventually building to a mountainous, weighty climax. Point being, Incorporated is a collection of top-flight riffs smartly choreographed into 11 spot-on tunes highlighted by performances brimming over with personality although Lombardo reins in the experimentalism of weirdo Mike Patton project Fantômas and his solo work and chops to spare. It's another impressive effort -- like 1999's hopelessly overlooked Solidify -- for Grip Inc., whose increasingly impressive discography has been met with a collectively indifferent shrug from too many metal aficionados. Here's hoping Incorporated enlightens more to this well-seasoned, pseudo-supergroup collective, which seems disparate on paper, but truly is greater than the sum of its parts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Hunter
  • UPC: 693723695228
  • Catalog Number: 236952
  • Sales rank: 91,702

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Curse (Of the Cloth) (5:04)
  2. 2 The Answer (3:49)
  3. 3 Prophecy (4:18)
  4. 4 Endowment of Apathy (3:06)
  5. 5 Enemy Mind (3:24)
  6. 6 Skin Trade (4:25)
  7. 7 (Built To) Resist (4:27)
  8. 8 The Gift (4:12)
  9. 9 Privilege (4:48)
  10. 10 Blood of Saints (5:03)
  11. 11 Man With No Insides (5:34)
  12. 12 Curse (Of the Cloth) (4:00)
  13. 13 The Answer (5:25)
  14. 14 Making Of (0:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grip Inc. Primary Artist
Dave Lombardo Drums, Group Member
Waldemar Sorychta Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Eicca Toppinen Cello
Gus Chambers Vocals, Group Member
Sami Yli-Sirnio Sitar
Stuart Caruthers Bass
Su Maha Ya Violin
Jeff Collin Vocals
Sandra Schleret Vocals
Technical Credits
Siggi Bemm Engineer
Waldemar Sorychta Producer, Engineer
Gus Chambers Composer
Dennis Koehne Engineer
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